About the Project

The Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility near Shepshed, Leicestershire, is now in its construction phase.  The new facility is being developed by Biffa, Covanta and EQT who are market leaders in the investment, development and operation of recycling and Energy-from-Waste facilities in the UK and around the world.

Newhurst Updated RenderingHitachi Zosen Inova is the principal contractor appointed to build the facility. Full construction commenced in June 2020. 

When completed in 2023, the facility will provide a vital outlet for the sustainable treatment of up to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste per year and will generate up to 42 megawatts of low carbon energy – enough to power around 80,000 homes.  




What is Energy-from-Waste?

Energy-from-Waste facilities provide a safe, technologically advanced means of waste disposal that reduces waste being sent to landfills while generating clean energy from the process. Ash is processed to recover metal for recycling while all gases are collected, filtered and cleaned before being released safely into the atmosphere.

Energy-from-Waste is a well-tested and proven technology with nearly 800 plants in operation around the world.

To view a list of answers to frequently asked questions about Energy-from-Waste and the Newhurst project, click here.


Community Engagement

Biffa, Covanta and Green Investment Group recognize the importance of being part of the wider community and have established a community engagement plan that will have positive impacts on our neighbours.

The development of the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility will bring a range of local community, employment, infrastructure and environmental benefits to the local area.

As the project's construction phase has commenced, the previously established Local Liaison Committee has now reformed and will meet at quarterly intervals. This group provides an important forum for interested members of the community to find out more about the project and to ensure that all information can be shared with other neighbours.   

Meeting information and presentations will be available on this website for review.  If you would like to find out more or ask questions of the Local Liaison Committee or the project, please contact us via the form below.

Local Liaison Committee meeting notes and presentations

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Construction Progress

Construction work began on the Newhurst facility in June 2020 and is being led by Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) under a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract. The construction phase is expected to take approximately 36 months to complete.

Over 300 jobs will be created during the construction period providing related benefits to the local economy. Many opportunitiesNewhust Construction site will also be created for the local supply chain with a commitment from the project to purchase goods and services from local companies wherever possible.

Covanta will provide technical oversight during the construction phase and will supply operations and maintenance services when the project commences operations in 2023.

As the construction phase progresses, you will be able to find out more about operational phase recruitment activities and track construction progress on this website.  To find out more about future operational employment at the facility, please contact us via the form below.

Supplying goods and services to the Newhurst project

Covanta and its principal contractor, Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), want to source locally wherever possible. The Newhurst facility will provide supply chain opportunities for local businesses to bid for contract work on the project.   

If you would like to find out more about supply chain opportunities with HZI, please register on their website, or email the procurement team at info@hz-inova.com.

Team Roles at the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility

Covanta Newhurst_Recruiting_Creativeis currently recruiting for operations and maintenance staff at the Newhurst facility in Shepshed, Leicestershire. We accept all job applications via the Covanta career website. Please click here to search and apply for suitable jobs.

If your desired job is not listed, we recommend that you create a candidate profile and set up a job search agent to be immediately informed of matching positions in the future. You can follow these easy steps to create a new candidate profile by visiting here, selecting “Sign In” and then “Create a profile”.

Latest Construction Footage

Over the 36-month construction phase, the Newhurst project team will be updating these pages with bi-annual short films, which will show the viewer how the build phase is progressing. 

The films will use a combination of time-lapse, real-time footage and annotations, which will be made available for interested parties and local communities to watch. To view earlier construction progress films, please click here.

Construction Progress update September 2021 to March 2022

News & Events

To ensure local communities and businesses can keep up-to-date on the latest news on the Newhurst facility, Biffa and Covanta will keep this page updated with media releases and community newsletters.

Media Contacts:

Covanta: David Spencer (david.spencer@sterling-communications.co.uk / +44 (0)7506 208 555)

Biffa: biffa@houston.co.uk 

11 January 2021

Newhurst News - Winter 2020/21 community newsletter now available to read

Welcome to the first community newsletter for theNewhurst Energy Recovery Facility, which, after many years in the planning process, moved into its construction phase in June 2020. (Read More)

17 December 2020

Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility makes a festive season donation to the Shepshed Community Bus Scheme

The Project Team leading the construction of the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility near Shepshed, Leicestershire, are delighted to make a £5,000 Christmas donation to the Shepshed Special Community Bus scheme.

This not-for-profit organisation provides vital public transport services to the community, particularly for elderly and disabled people in Shepshed, who might otherwise struggle to use public transport or get out to shops and other services unaided.

With 2020 being dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and with its terrible knock-on effects, support for the most vulnerable and isolated in our community has never been more important.

Craig Burdis, Covanta’s Project Manager for the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility, said: “We’re delighted that the Project Team on the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility can make a £5,000 donation to support the Shepshed Special Community Bus.
“Charities and good causes across the UK have struggled in 2020 to raise funds during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope this donation will help keep this vital community service operating, so it can continue to help and support the most vulnerable in our community.”

Alison Sharp, from the Shepshed Special Community Bus, added: “The Management Committee and the Community Bus Users would like to thank you all for the Christmas gift of £5,000. This has been a tough year and without the support we have received we may have lost such a vital service that so many vulnerable people rely on.

“The majority of our users are unable to use public transport and to lose the Community Bus would be life changing to them, we do door to door transport so people can attend social events, day to day shopping etc. We cannot thank you enough, let's hope 2021 is a good year for all of us. Merry Christmas and happy New Year.”

The Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility near Shepshed, Leicestershire, is now in its construction phase. The new facility is being developed by Biffa, Covanta and Green Investment Group who are market leaders in the investment, development and operation of recycling and Energy-from-Waste facilities in the UK and around the world.

11 February 2020 

Financial Close Achieved on Newhurst Energy-from-Waste Facility

LONDON – February 11, 2020 – Joint venture partners Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA), Biffa plc (LSE: BIFF) and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG), have today announced that the Newhurst Energy-from-Waste Facility in Leicestershire, England, has reached financial close. Covanta will operate the facility under a long-term operations and maintenance agreement. (Read More)

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